WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING INSTEAD OF THIS?
 
Home · Articles · Columns · On Second Thought
On Second Thought
 

The Blunt Business of Journalism

0 Comments · Monday, November 24, 2014
Sometimes a question can be so blunt, so explicit, that offended listeners disregard the validity of the query. Or the evasive response.
  

The Disaster in Disaster Relief

0 Comments · Friday, November 14, 2014
National media have a bottom drawer into which they stuff important stories that someone else did.
  

National Media’s Obsession Over a Local Tragedy

0 Comments · Thursday, October 30, 2014
Who cares? Everyone’s white. Seemingly affluent. Neither young nor old. No cops, no shooting. No protesters calling for “justice.”   

The Right (or No Right) to Privacy

0 Comments · Monday, October 20, 2014
The growing national conversation about privacy is a curious thing  

Good Riddance, Eric Holder

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Eric Holder announced his resignation. Good riddance. Not since the Nixon years have Americans had an attorney general so aggressively hostile to the news media.   

The Oxygen of Publicity

0 Comments · Friday, September 19, 2014
A photo of children being buried after an attack in Ukraine led the Sept. 9 New York Times. I looked at it repeatedly, turning away, then returning. No gore. No bloody bandages. No hovering physicians. A few grieving relatives and neighbors.  

Larry Flynt Was Right

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 10, 2014
What we see on TV is true but not accurate, accurate but not true. We see what happened but rarely what was going on.   

Larry Flynt Was Right

0 Comments · Thursday, September 4, 2014
Buried in old files from decades of teaching reporting and journalism ethics is a flyer mailed to local homes by pornographer Larry Flynt.   

A Brief Yet Triumphant Introduction

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Fifty years ago, the first edition of the daily Zambia Times rolled off our presses in Central Africa and I was in charge of the news operation. It’s as close as I’ll come to giving birth.
  

Remembering "The Struggle"

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Work defined my life in Central Africa. Six or seven days a week in 1964, I was at my desk by mid-morning as news editor in charge of a new black nationalist daily, the Zambia Times.
  

George Clooney vs. the Tabloids

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Here’s a twist on the old “Don’t pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the gallon.” That was when print ruled.
Now, it’s don’t pick an online fight with an immensely popular actor and a respected lawyer who come from journalism families: George Clooney and fiance Amal Alamuddin.   

Who Guards the Guardians?

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Barack Obama’s Justice Department remains at war with reporters, invoking national security so often we should check to see if the sky is falling.
  

Considering the Reporter/Opinion Writer Hybrid

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
It was the day after I retired from The Enquirer and Rick Pender, an editor at CityBeat, asked me to consider being this paper’s lead columnist.  “I don’t have an opinion every week worth 750 words,” I told him. We left it at that.  

Government Must Not Define Who Is a Journalist

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Developments at the U.S. Supreme Court and Colorado legislature demonstrate how government restricts our access to news.
  

Reporters and Ill-Advised Security Reporting Tactics

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2014
There’s something about a WET PAINT sign that overwhelms good sense and manners. We have to test it.